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Russian Dolls by Kate Lock at the King’s Head Theatre

Winner of the 2015 Adrian Pagan award for playwriting.

Russian Dolls

Russian Dolls will play at the King’s Head from Tuesday 5th – Saturday 23rd April.

Winner of the 2015 Adrian Pagan award for playwriting, Kate Lock’s wise and witty new drama celebrates cross-generational relationships and lays bare the extraordinary virtue of self-determination. This uncompromising duologue is a tender portrait of how humanitarian values are blind.

Hilda is blind and lives alone. Camelia is a teenage offender looking for her next mark. Russian Dolls examines the singularly fierce friendship that forms between these women as they search for shared purpose in a broken Britain. In juxtaposing their dramatically different lives, the play offers a fascinating insight into the changing roles of women, the trappings of age and the worries of youth.

Writer Kate Lock comments, “I met the real Hilda at a pensioner’s day centre. She was collecting windfalls to take home and make herself an apple crumble, completely blind. She lived completely independently. Her grit, humour and sense of self-worth were so inspiring, I felt compelled to write about her. Russian Dolls is her story.”

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